Newspaper headlines: IS schoolgirl and Labour MPs’ warning


The Times has traced a former London schoolgirl who travelled to Syria to join the Islamic State group, in a refugee camp. Shamima Begum, 19, who was one of three pupils from Bethnal Green to leave for Syria in 2015, has told the paper she now wants to return to the UK.

Guardian front page 14/02/19


The Guardian also has a report from Syria on its front page, describing how Islamic State families are fleeing the eastern town of Baghuz, the last remaining territory held by the group. However its lead story focuses on Labour, reporting that the party faces up to 10 resignations from its front bench if Jeremy Corbyn fails to back another referendum.

FT front page 14/02/19


The Financial Times leads on an interview with Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte, who has said that his country is already benefitting from businesses relocating from a “diminished” Britain, warning that a “devastating” no-deal Brexit would badly damage the UK economy. He has told the paper another 250 businesses are also “close” to moving their offices and staff from the UK to the Netherlands.

Metro front page 14/02/19


The Metro leads on the news that the murders of three men in their 80s in Exeter – two of whom are believed to have been twins – have been linked because of the “significant levels” of their injuries. The paper says fears have been raised that the killer has been targeting pensioners and police have urged residents to check on elderly neighbours.

Mirror front page 14/02/19


World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks missed out on a knighthood because officials lost nomination papers sent three years ago, according to the Mirror. The paper reports that friends said he was being considered for the award but it can’t be awarded posthumously.

Daily Telegraph front page 14/02/19


Britain’s most senior family court judge is calling for a government review into transgender men’s ability to access fertility treatment, the Daily Telegraph reports. The papers says Sir Andrew McFarlane, the president of the Family Division of the High Court, voiced his concern after hearing the case of a transgender man who was able to access a sperm donor 10 days after legally completing his transition.

Daily Express front page 14/02/19


The Express says there is “fresh hope” for Britain’s cystic fibrosis sufferers of getting what it calls a “life-saving drug” – Orkambi. The paper says Heath Secretary Matt Hancock and US drug manufacturer Vertex have agreed to resume talks on a deal to break the deadlock over the cost of the medicine.

Daily Mail front page


The Daily Mail’s front page carries a warning from the Duchess of Cornwall against “fad diets”. In an interview with the paper she highlighted the risks of celebrity-inspired dairy-free diets, saying they could leave young women at risk of brittle bones.

i front page 14/02/19


There are more health warnings on the front page of the i – this time for the over 40s. The paper reports that health chiefs are urging the public to start taking the threat of high blood pressure seriously, while increasing number of adults will be prescribed cholesterol-lowering statins.

Sun front page 14/02/19


The Sun reports that the wife of footballer Wayne Rooney has urged him to go to rehab to help control his drinking.

Daily Star front page


The Daily Star says ITV show the X Factor faces a “massive overhaul”, including plans to axe public auditions, cut jobs and introduce celebrity contestants. The paper says the show has struggled to find fresh talent to follow in the footsteps of success stories like boy band One Direction.

The Times leads on an interview with a former London schoolgirl who travelled to Syria to join the Islamic State group in 2015.

Speaking to the paper from a refugee camp in Syria, Shamima Begum, now 19, says she has no regrets but now wants to return to the UK.

The Times reports that she is nine months pregnant and, after losing two other children, wants to come home for the sake of her unborn baby.

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Ms Begum was 15 when she left the UK in 2015

The Financial Times says Britain’s departure from the EU is likely to hit the Netherlands harder than most other member countries because of close trading links.

But the Dutch prime minister has given an interview to the paper saying it is difficult to assess the impact because his country is already benefiting from Brexit – with businesses relocating from what he calls a “diminished” Britain.

He says that so far, the Netherlands has only seen gains – and another 250 companies are close to taking a decision to move their offices and staff across. The paper says he added with a smile: “We can’t prevent them coming.”

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For its lead, the Guardian says Jeremy Corbyn faces up to 10 resignations from the Labour front bench if he fails to support a fresh bid to put Theresa May’s Brexit deal to a referendum.

The paper adds that Mr Corbyn has been struggling to balance the conflicting forces in his party over Brexit – with several other frontbenchers adamant they could never back a referendum.

Meanwhile, shadow chancellor John McDonnell tells the Politico website that Labour’s chances of forcing a general election are now “unlikely”.

Politico says this suggests the party is inching toward a compromise Brexit deal with the government – or a referendum.



John McDonnell has told Politico that forcing a general election is now “unlikely”

The Telegraph reports that the most senior family court judge in England and Wales has asked the government to review the ability of transgender men to access fertility treatment.

The paper says Sir Andrew McFarlane made his intervention after hearing the case of a transgender man who was able to access a sperm donor 10 days after legally completing his transition.

The man, who was born a woman, became pregnant and has taken his case to the High Court to be registered as the “father” on the child’s birth certificate.

‘Skinny Lizzies’

The Duchess of Cornwall has been talking to the Mail about the dangers of young people following what she calls “ridiculous” diets.

She says the social media generation is risking the health of its bones by following the celebrity-inspired fad for dairy-free and “clean-eating” regimes.

In an interview telling of her family’s struggles with osteoporosis, the duchess says children need to be taught to take care of their bodies now if they want to protect themselves in old age – instead of aspiring to look like someone they see in a picture.

“These girls see ‘Skinny Lizzies’ in a magazine and they all want to be thin,” she tells the paper.

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The Duchess of Cornwall has warned of the risks of fad diets in the Mail

Finally, the Mail has a suggestion for couples looking for what it calls that extra Valentine’s Day spark – dust off your board games.

According to the paper, a study found that just an hour of Scrabble, Monopoly, dominoes or Battleship creates more eye contact and communication between couples.

Researchers discovered that women’s levels of oxytocin – the hormone that helps to create romantic bonds – went up 40% higher than men’s after they had played a board game with their partner.

Men produced most oxytocin when they took part in a painting class with their partner.

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